(1, 4, 8, 12, 16 channel video, 23min)

“Impermanence: The Time of Man,” is a video installation that explores the temporal nature of life. Developed for “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama,” it marked one the the first artistic uses of video iPods.

The installation is based on 122 interviews taken with people, who answered questions about their thoughts on the subject. These videos were edited down into short films that are shown simultaneously on a circle of the iPods. David and Hi-Jin choreographed the installation by changing the mood, tempo, rhythm and method of delivery at specific intervals during the exhibit. As viewer circle the room, they often find a face, a person, or a topic that resonates with them. Some viewers may choose to circle the room for a few minutes, taking in only a small sample of each speaker. Other may stay much longer. In the end, most leave with a deep impression about how impermanence has touched their lives.


• What does impermanence mean?
• When did you become aware of the nature of impermanence?
• Is there anything that is permanent ?
• Do think it is possible to have peace knowing the nature of impermanence?
• If today were your last day how would you feel?
• Is it possible to perish and flourish at the same time?
• Do you have a personal message you would like to share about impermanence?
• Is there a relationship between impermanence and presence?

>> Impermanence book by David and Hi-jin Hodge
>> iPad download
>> Kindle download

Impermanence trailer

Impermanence Trailer 02:40 minutes (raw version of the one above)

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - Impermanence installation (time-lapse)

Three Monks making a mandala - 01:31 minutes

The Sisters of the Sound Continuum and Crystal Spirits creating the sound track for Impermanence - 02.03 minutes


• San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas Impermanence

• Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden Impermanence

• Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL Impermanence
• Fundacion Canal, Madrid, Spain Impermanence

• Hillside Terrace Gallery, Tokyo Japan Impermanence
• Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA Impermanence

• Rubin Museum of Art, New York Impermanence

• Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL Impermanence
• UCLA Fowler Museum of Culture History, Los Angeles, CA Impermanence
• SPUR Projects, Portola Valley, CA Impermanence